Teri SchultzMay 18, 2010 06:35Updated May 30, 2010 12:34
BRUSSELS, Belgium — Eleven years ago, few people other than south-Asia watchers had any idea what the Taliban was, much less could have imagined why more than 100,000 soldiers would be needed to fight it. At that time, the world’s premier military alliance, NATO, had never fought a ground war, operated outside of Europe, or invoked its Article 5 collective-defense clause.
But Sept. 11, 2001 changed everything for the alliance. Well, almost everything.